Afghanistan: Why are we still there?
September 11th 2001, the United States suffered a major terror attack. Which led to NATO invoking Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty, an attack on one is an attack on all.
20 years later, NATO troops are still in the country, why?
Osama Bin Laden, the alleged architect of the 9/11 attacks was killed in Pakistan under President Obama. NATO has helped to build infrastructure and institutions in Afghanistan, yet the security threat remains high.
I do not believe, that the Taliban is a cohesive force, I would pin them as a rag tag force with some leadership but largely made up of smaller autonomous local groups.
They may well be a threat to the Afghan authorities if NATO were to withdraw. But, if that's the case, what have we been doing for the past 20 years, why are the Afghans not capable of standing on their own 2 feet?
Could it be because NATO can make use of a live training ground and Afghanistan is strategically placed? At the end of the day, NATO is an occupier, I wonder how much say the puppets of Kabul actually have?